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Movers & Shakers: David Byrd Named Mitchell 1 Educator of the Year; TMG Performance Acquires Volant Performance

 David Byrd, Mitchell 1
Mitchell 1 named Wayne Community College teacher David Byrd of Goldsboro, North Carolina, the Mitchell 1 2013 Educator of the Year.

David Byrd Named Mitchell 1 Educator of the Year
David Byrd of Goldsboro, North Carolina, was named the Mitchell 1 2013 Educator of the Year during North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) conference held recently in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Mitchell 1 annually recognizes one of the nation’s top teachers for excellence in automotive repair instruction. Byrd was presented with a check for $500 and a recognition certificate, and he will also receive a one-year complimentary subscription to Mitchell 1’s ProDemand repair, diagnostic and maintenance information program for his school, Wayne Community College.

TMG Performance Products Acquires Volant Performance
TMG Performance Products LLC—manufacturer of CORSA Performance Exhausts—has acquired Volant Performance, a manufacturer of performance cool air intakes for cars, trucks and SUVs. TMG Performance Products manufactures premium cat-back exhaust systems under the CORSA Performance Exhausts brand. Through this acquisition, TMG Performance Products has announced that it is establishing a Product Development and Sales facility, located in Southern California. The daily operations of the business and manufacturing will transition to the Ohio facility by the end of the year. Listed on Inc. 5000 List announced that it was ranked 2,322 on Inc. Magazine’s 2013 Inc 5000 list. The annual list profiles the fastest-growing private companies in the United States based on three-year revenue growth. RealTruck also ranked third of all North Dakota-based companies and is one of only 10 businesses from the state recognized on the list. To qualify for the 2013 Inc 5000 list, companies must have had a minimum of $300,000 in revenue in 2009 and $2 million in 2012. The company reports that it experienced 157% growth and added 21 new jobs during that time period and is currently on track to break all previous sales records at the end of 2013. The full 2013 Inc 5000 list can also be viewed online at

Matt Cartwright Joins Boondock Bumpers
Boondock Bumpers LLC recently added Matt Cartwright to the company's executive staff. Cartwright, who takes over all aspects of marketing and sales for the Oklahoma City-based company, has experience with a multitude of SEMA feature-build sponsorships, which Boondock expects to have an immediate, strategic impact. “Having your product on the feature vehicles at the SEMA Show is an imperative form of marketing in this industry," said Cartwright. “We have formed specific partnerships for this year’s show that will strategically place our products exactly where they need to be to have the greatest impact.”  

Saint-Gobain Abrasives to Distribute Mothers Products
Mothers has announced that Saint-Gobain Abrasives will serve as its sales and distribution team for automotive paint, body and equipment (PB&E) and OEM markets in the United States and Canada. Saint-Gobain's field personnel have been trained in Mothers professional and consumer products. Mothers reports that the strategic alliance strengthens its position in the automotive PB&E and OEM markets, while maintaining the primary focus on the retail consumer and the automotive aftermarket.

ASA Automotive Systems Announces InfoExpo Conference Speakers
ASA Automotive Systems has announced that Wade Gatlin, Bridgestone Americas Inc. (BSAM) vice president, commercial tire unit, is the keynote speaker for the 2013 ASA InfoExpo Conference next month in Nashville, Tennessee. Gatlin will discuss Bridgestone's strategic steps to better serve its customers. Other featured ASA InfoExpo conference speakers include Alicia Gibson, managing partner of IXG Consulting Group, who will present a ‘Health Care Reform Update’ session; and Matt Winslow, director of speakers and content for the Automotive Training Institute, who will present "Secrets to Creating Effective Employees." The 2013 ASA InfoExpo conference is scheduled for September 21–25 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

Alignment Simple Solutions Commits to Victory Junction
Alignment Simple Solutions—manufacturers QuickTrick Products—has selected Victory Junction as its partner of choice for the company's philanthropic efforts. Alignment Simple Solutions will kick off its commitment by donating 5% of all sales generated during the month of September 2013. ALSS will also be featured on a special episode of "Two Guys Garage" (’66 Chevy Impala Restoration) to be aired Labor Day weekend on the Scripps Network, Great American Country network. The show will be repeated during the month of September. Company CEO Tess Winningham has committed to a holiday auction/fundraiser of a joint-branded Victory Junction/QuickTrick system that will be a one-of-a-kind and open to auction, with all proceeds going to Victory Junction. Additional information and a link to donate is located at

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